Native American Relations in Texas

Robert A. Irion to Sam Houston, March 14, 1838

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Robert A. Irion to Sam Houston, 1838

such mighty import to Texas, and those Indians.

He believes that thier suspicions with respect
to our motives have been occasioned by false
representations, made by the Mexicans at
Matamoros, and the North American Indians
now among them, who tell the Comanches
that our object is to acquire our lands unjustly.

The limits designated by the Comanches
will include a portion of the finest country
in Texas lying on the waters of the Colorado,
extending as low down as the upper line
of Bastrop county where surveyors are now
operating. They have resolved to kill all
the surveyors found within the territory
which they consider theirs.

The Shawnee traders who are now with
the Comanches, are disposing of articles so
very cheap that Col. K. is confident, the
object of their visit is entirely political,
that they are endeavoring to influence
their minds against the Texians, and form
combinations which will enable the whole
of the Indian Tribes near our borders
to act in concert against us.

His opinion is that such a state of
things may be induced should the tribes
generally become dissatisfied, and that the
principal cause of that result will be
referable to the operations of surveyors in

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Robert A. Irion to Sam Houston, March 14, 1838. Texas Indian Papers Volume 1, #19, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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